As the new year rings in next week, Dublin will mark off a milestone.

As the new year rings in next week, Dublin will mark off a milestone.

This year Dublin celebrated its 200th anniversary with parades, art and other events, and some say the bicentennial was honored in style.

Celebrations kicked off with the Dublin Foundation's Emerald Celebration on Feb. 27, but planning started long before that.

According to Dublin's community relations director Sandra Puskarcik, research into possible bicentennial celebrations began in 2007.

"We put together options for city council to consider and did research on local communities such as Worthington who had just celebrated their bicentennial. We presented options to city council in September 2008 and that's when council directed staff to seek community feedback through the community engagement process," she said.

"It was clear through the quality and quantity of ideas we received on our proposals that the best option was to make this a community celebration rather than one that was driven by the city."

Dublin City Council members appropriated some bed tax funds to be used for bicentennial events and doled out funds to groups that had ideas, including the Dublin Foundation, Dublin Area Art League, Dublin City Schools and more.

"The community really stepped up and we were able to celebrate the bicentennial in a grand fashion," Puskarcik said.

PROUD, or Parents Resource for Outstanding Dublin Students, held its annual student writing contest with a bicentennial category, with prizes funded by a city grant.

Some annual events such as the Independence Day parade and Blarney in the Alley took a bicentennial twist, while others were created to specifically celebrate the milestone.

Dublin City Schools received a grant to put on a play based on the life of the local Indian Chief Leatherlips at Scioto Park over the summer. The Dublin Area Art League also got funds for a living history day.

The Dublin Historical Society considers its Heritage Day held in October for the bicentennial a success.

"If it hadn't been for Tom and Gayle Holton, Bethany and Jordan Gray, those four people are just so talented and for Tom Holton to grab this thing by the horns and put his heart and soul into making sure (Heritage Days) was going to fly," historical society president Herb Jones said. "I think it went really well. A lot of people were involved in it."

City money and work by historical society members also helped get the Dublin Cornet Band off the ground - a group gathered to honor Dublin's original Cornet Band that played decades ago.

Some products of the bicentennial will be lasting. The bicentennial public artwork set for the Karrer Barn property is expected to be installed this spring with a dedication set for Memorial Day.

Another piece of art funded through a city grant will sit in Dublin's city hall indefinitely.

"The Bev Goldie mural is across from council chambers and will be there permanently," Puskarcik said, of a mural created for the bicentennial after the Dublin Women's Philanthropic Club requested a grant. "Something like Heritage Day is a one-time event, and something like the art piece created by Bev Goldie is really a gift to the community."

A few other efforts that started in honor of the bicentennial will be on-going.

The Storytellers series started by the city will continue, Puskarcik said.

"We received so many wonderful comments about that series, we realized it's important to capture stories of the community through people who have experienced Dublin so we're able to share their experience," she said. "We plan to continue to do that in some manner."

The digitalization of old photos and other memories will continue to be posted on the Dublin Memories website.

Michael Blackwell, director of the Dublin branch library, said over 400 images have been posted through the project online; find them by searching "Dublin Memories" at

"This will go on indefinitely, as long as there's an interest in history in Dublin we'll still do it," he said.

A call to residents for old photos with corresponding information will go out eventually, Blackwell said, to make sure more memories are preserved.

"It's easy to preserve something at the time, but 100 years later its impossible," he said.